You will receive a summons, questionnaire and instruction sheet for jury duty 4 to 5 weeks before your week of service. The questionnaire must be completed and returned to the Ingham County Jury Board within 10 days of receiving it.
Jury duty in 54A District Court is for one week, Monday through Thursday. Jurors call (517) 483-4439 each morning between 9:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. You do not report to court unless you are directed to do so when you call. If you are told to report, you will need to arrive by 10:30 a.m. You may not be selected to sit on the jury, but you should be prepared to stay for the rest of the day, and possibly return for a second or third day of trial. If you are told to report but are not selected to be a member of a jury on that day, you will need to call in for the rest of the week.
Juror pay is $12.50 for one-half day, and $25.00 for the first full day. Juror pay increases to $20.00 for a second half day, and $40.00 for a second full day and for each day thereafter. Jurors also receive $1.50 for mileage. Parking is free if you park in a City lot. Lot locations are provided on the juror instruction sheet.
Requests to be Excused
Requests to be excused or postponed from jury service must be made before your week of jury duty. Mail your request to Jury Clerk, 54A District Court, 124 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48933, or call the Jury Clerk at 517-483-4443.
You may also request a postponement or to be excused on line at http://ja.ingham.org. Depending on the number of postponements already granted for your week of service, you may be able to postpone your service to a future date. If not, or if you wish to be excused or permanently disqualified, you may submit your request on line and will receive a response within 3 business days. You will need to provide an e-mail address for requests submitted electronically.
You must have a good reason to be postponed, and will be rescheduled unless you have grounds to be permanently excused. A request due to a medical condition must be accompanied by a doctor's statement.
If you are summoned for jury duty and do not report as required, you will be subject to penalties for contempt of court.
Requests to be Disqualified
Requests to be disqualified are handled by the Ingham County Jury Board. You may contact them at http://ja.ingham.org, or (517) 483-6422. Grounds for diqualification are:
- Being over the age of 70 and not wishing to serve;
- Not able to speak or understand the English language;
- Having a permanent medical condition that precludes service;
- No longer living in the jurisdiction in which you are called to serve;
- Having a felony conviction.
Depending on the reason you provide, you may be required to submit proof in order to be disqualified.
Responsibilities of a Juror
- Call the jury hotline at 517-483-4439 between 9:15 - 9:30 each day (Monday through Thursday).
- Bring your summons with you.
- Be on time.
- Dress appropriately for court (no jeans, shorts, halters, flip-flops).
- Make child care arrangements in advance of your jury term.
- Arrange for your transportation to and from jury duty.